School districts in the Carolinas making decisions amid coronavirus fears

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools moves spring break due to coronavirus fears

(WBTV) - Several local school districts are beginning to announce plans due to coronavirus fears as North Carolina is currently under a state of emergency.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has voted to move spring break up to March 23-27. In addition, March 19 and March 20 will be teacher work days. The motion passed with a 7-1 vote. This means CMS students will still go to school on the days of March 16-18. The school board believes changing spring break dates would allow district to prepare for virtual learning and other forms of instruction delivery if necessary.

CMS had already canceled all field trips in and outside of Mecklenburg indefinitely. CMS says all middle school and K-8 athletics, which will be canceled indefinitely. This means that there will be no practices or games for middle and high school athletic teams.

Iredell-Statesville Schools has made the decision to extend spring break for students through March 20 due to coronavirus fears. The district will hold optional teacher workdays on March 16-20. Iredell-Statesville Schools administration had already suspended all interscholastic athletics. This includes all middle and high school workouts, skill development, practices, and contests as well as all recreation-based athletic sporting events on school properties as of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020.

Union County Public Schools is cancelling all sponsored field trips and Rowan-Salisbury Schools have also cancelled all out-of-county field trips.

“As a safety precaution and proactive measure to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus, until further notice, Union County Public Schools is cancelling all UCPS-sponsored field trips for students and out-of-district professional development for staff,” a message on the school’s website reads.

Fort Mill Schools is canceling all out-of-district field trips and staff travel effective Monday, March 16, until further notice. Adding to this decision, several destination events and activities planned for these trips have been canceled by the organizers. The district will work with sponsors and organizers to determine the availability of refunds and any information on this matter will be communicated at a later date. All in-district activities and athletic events will continue as planned at this time, but the district is monitoring the situation daily and may make further announcements regarding these events.

Cabarrus County Schools will follow the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s guidance to suspend sports beginning March 14, 2020, through April 6, 2020. Beginning March 14, 2020, and continuing indefinitely, no (in-county or out-of-county) student field trips will be allowed. Effective March 14, 2020, and continuing through April 26, 2020, we are suspending the use of our buildings by community groups.

Cabarrus County Schools continues to take safety precautions and proactive measures to reduce the risk of spreading...

Posted by Cabarrus County Schools on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Chester County School District has decided to postpone all field trips until further notice. The district has been notified of several active coronavirus cases in surrounding areas.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered all schools to close in Kershaw and Lancaster counties, where the virus is spreading from person-to-person in the community.

The announcements are coming after Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for North Carolina. More than 10 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19. In South Carolina, more than 10 people have also tested positive for coronavirus.

The North Carolina Division of Public Health has established a call line at 1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about coronavirus from the public.

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